Tuesday 30 May 2023

Enduro Racer (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1987

Enduro Racer is a motorcycle driving game that's loosely based on the 1986 Arcade title of the same name.

+ Action has a great sense of speed and the course designs have a rhythmic quality once you've memorised the layouts.

+ Ability to earn points from skilled play and use them on upgrades (or to repair your bike) adds some strategy.

+ Successfully executing a ramp jump without losing speed is endlessly satisfying and pushes you to beat your best time.

+ Controls are excellent and being able to adjust in mid-air affords you complete precision when dodging traffic and hazards.

- Despite there being ten tracks in the Japanese version, this Western release cuts the number in half and repeats them twice.

- Considering the tracks are very short, it's disappointing that many design elements are copy/pasted in quick succession.

- Unlike Excitebike (1985, NES), there's no course editor so once you've beaten the game there's nothing to keep you playing.

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